„The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.“

—  John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, Context: The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities. Liberty, by this definition, is the essential condition and guardian of religion...<!--p.4
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